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TRAVEL ADVISORY

The Live Oak Campground remains CLOSED.  The day-use area (with beach access), boat landing, cabin area and oceanfront campground are all open.   Beginning Oct. 18, reservations in the oceanfront campground will be open to everyone under the normal reservation process. ***This does not apply to reservations in the LIVE OAK CAMPGROUND.  It remains closed.  Please contact the park directly for more information.

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HOURS

8am-6pm, daily (extended during Daylight Savings Time )

OFFICE

M-F 9am-5pm

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ADMISSION

$5/adult; $3.25 SC seniors; $3/ child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.

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PETS

Pets are not allowed in the cabins or the cabin areas. Pets are allowed in most other outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.

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Wifi Available

BY THE NUMBERS

1255 acres make up this special park

4 miles of ADA accessible trails

1.5 miles of beach, laden with seashells

2 oceanfront picnic shelters

1 of 16 SC State Parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps

1 of 4 oceanfront state parks in South Carolina

2 campgrounds with 120 sites that accommodate RVs or tents, 115 sites offer 50 amp electrical service

7 cabins located on the saltmarsh - 5 of which are 1 BR and 2 that are 3BR units

1 Environmental Learning Center with interactive exhibits, sea life and more

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History And Interpretation

  • Programs and Guided Tours: Regularly scheduled programs are held at the Environmental Learning Center. Please check our programs and events listings in the left-hand menu for more information.

  • Education Center: With the theme “Choosing to Protect Our Coast,” the Environmental Learning Center helps promote the wise use of coastal resources. It is headquarters for Edisto Beach State Park’s interpretive programs and curriculum-based field studies, and for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ education and research services. An exhibit in the center features interactive displays, which helps visitors understand the fragile resources of the ACE Basin estuarine reserve, the largest such natural reserve on the East Coast.

    The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9am- 4pm. To sign up for programs through the center please call 843-869-4430.

  • Native American History: The ancient shell midden located on the park was created by the Edisto Indians. This mound, made up mostly of oyster shells was where the Native Americans deposited of their trash and other unwanted items. The mound dates back to 2,000 B.C.

  • Historical Significance: The US coastline between Maine and the Gulf of Mexico was accurately measured for the first time in the 1840s. The director of the survey was Alexander Bache, great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin. Alexander Bache invented a tool known as the "Bar of Invariable Length" that allowed this survey to take place. The baseline at Edisto was the third of seven lines measured. The baseline markers still exist on Edisto, the oldest intact baseline. Two endpoint markers are still in existence on Edisto Island.

  • Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC): Yes
  • National Historic Landmark: Yes
  • National Register of Historic Places: Yes
  • Designation: Edisto Beach State Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal Program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The program was designed to provide employment during the Great Depression while addressing national needs in conservation and recreation.

    The CCC was instrumental in the development of many of South Carolina's state parks. A number of buildings built by the CCC in the 1930's are still in use at this park.

  • When & How PRT Acquired: Donated in 1935 by Edisto Company.